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File #: BL2021-1016    Name:
Type: Bill (Ordinance) Status: Passed
File created: 11/4/2021 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 12/21/2021 Final action: 12/21/2021
Title: An Ordinance naming the landing and steps in front of the Historic Metropolitan Courthouse in honor of Diane Nash.
Sponsors: Nancy VanReece, Sharon Hurt, Bob Mendes, Delishia Porterfield, Emily Benedict, Russ Bradford, Freddie OConnell, Zulfat Suara, Sandra Sepulveda, Kyonzte Toombs, Ginny Welsch, Joy Styles, Bob Nash, Dave Rosenberg, Jeff Syracuse, Jennifer Gamble, Russ Pulley, Courtney Johnston, Kevin Rhoten, Erin Evans, John Rutherford, Tonya Hancock, Tom Cash, Gloria Hausser, Brett Withers, Angie Henderson, Brandon Taylor, Antoinette Lee, Burkley Allen
An Ordinance naming the landing and steps in front of the Historic Metropolitan Courthouse in honor of Diane Nash.

WHEREAS, Diane J. Nash was born on May 15, 1938, in Chicago, Illinois, eventually making her way to Nashville, Tennessee when she transferred to Fisk University during her college career; and

WHEREAS, her experiences of the Jim Crow system in the South led her to become a notable civil rights activist, as well as a leader and strategist of the student-led wing of the Civil Rights Movement; and

WHEREAS, Nash strongly supported the direct nonviolent-protest philosophy and was elected chair of the Student Central Committee, and was part of the small group of students who "tested" racial discrimination at Nashville's lunch counters before the full-scale coordinated sit-ins; and

WHEREAS, Nash was one of the founding members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), later becoming the director of their direct-action wing, and was one of the Freedom Riders who helped desegregate interstate transportation facilities; and

WHEREAS, on April 19, 1960, Diane Nash led a group of protesters to the steps of City Hall after the bombing of attorney and civil rights activist Z. Alexander Looby's home in Nashville; and

WHEREAS, on the steps of the courthouse, Diane Nash asked Mayor Ben West if he felt it was wrong to discriminate against people solely based on race or color, to which he replied "yes", leading Nashville to become the first southern city to integrate lunch counters a mere three weeks later on May 10, 1960; and

WHEREAS, Nash was also an instrumental figure in the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom through her work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), as well as the Voting Rights Act of 1965 through her work with the Alabama Project and the Selma Voting Rights Movement; and

WHEREAS, Section 13.26.010 of the Metropolitan Code provides that no building or structure of the Metropolitan Govern...

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